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| p.1 #4 · Boys and Girls: Need ALASKA advice please. |
Here might be some help on your Alaska Trip...
"1. Coastal grizzlies: Now I know the best place is Katmai and Lake Clarke. I'm looking for griz shots out in the open (not at Brooks Falls since we don't have time to get in there). An overnight trip would be perfect but if possible, I'd like to avoid paying $1,500 for a one night stay. Any suggestions?"
Take the Denali Highway (don't let the name fool you... it really is NOT a highway, but a gravel road of 100+/- miles). Coming from Anchorage you'd probably be best advised to head north on the Parks Highway to Cantwell. Turn RIGHT at Cantwell onto the Denali Highway and go to Paxson where it ends. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for griz, wolves, and foxes. A side note for this route: the views of "The Mountain" i.e. Denali are some of the best there are... IF the mountain is out. Travelling from Cantwell to Paxson means the mountain will be behind you. (It's a GOOD IDEA to be aware of what's behind you at all times in Alaska)
"2. Puffins: Tufted ones to be specific. I'd image that'd mean a boat trip."
These guys are out on the west coast of Alaska and yes that means a boat trip. Good luck with this.
"3. Foxes: Arctic and/or red.
4. Wolves: I know, a tough one. But the 2,000 + shots in Yellowstone just weren't enough."
See Number 1
"5. Muskox: Perhaps a long shot but if you know anything, bring it on. I figure this would require going wayyyyy north - perhaps not possible this time."
You probably will not see any muskox in the wild as they don't live near anywhere you'll be able to drive. HOWEVER, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks has a Muskox farm and they are usually visible. If you want directions on how to get there, just let me know.
I no longer live in Alaska, but I did spend over 16 years in the Fairbanks area and was a Tour Guide for 10.
Have a great trip and burn lotsa digits!!!